My most recent book is The Human Cure, a young adult vampire novel with a twist. My heroine, Kate, is kidnapped by a handsome stranger and plunged into a world of darkness that she never could have imagined. But it is in the midst of this darkness that Kate finds her own light.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am a huge fantasy and sci-fi fan, and that inspires most of my writing. I was born and raised in Queens, New York, and will probably be staying here for quite a while. I have been writing since I was in the second grade and learned how to write. I am a special education teacher in the New York City public school system, and the mother of two beautiful boys.
What inspired you to write this book?
Writing this book was a very special experience for me. The concept of love vs. addiction played a large role in my inspiration. I have also always been fascinated by the concept of vampires and their need for blood, and wanted to find a way to explain it from its origins.
How did you choose the title?
The title is based on a line in the book that has special meaning to me.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
I submitted and was unanswered or rejected by several publishers who didn’t want to take on a first time author. 48fourteen eventually picked up the book.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I first knew I wanted to be a writer after reading “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” in the second grade. It was magical, and I wanted to be able to create that kind of magic. I began to daydream about my stories, playing them out in my head at night before I went to sleep. My parents also helped by fostering a love of reading in me by reading to me constantly from an early age.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I usually drink diet Dr. Pepper while I write.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
I use the names that just feel right to me. In The Human Cure, Kate’s surname Plesser was my grandmother’s maiden name, so that was an homage to her.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
I learned that it is a difficult and complex process, and that there are so many people besides the author who are involved.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would watch out for repeating words too often, which my editor was kind enough to help me notice.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
Fantasy and Sci-fi books are my favorite. And my favorite author is J.R.R. Tolkein. He weaves such a complex world so seamlessly. I also love L.J. Smith, whose young adult books pretty much got me through high school’s lonely nights. I will always have a special spot in my heart for her.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Just don’t give up. If you really feel you have a story to tell, follow your dreams.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Teenage to early 20’s girls.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?